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Talking Points Submission Guidelines

Talking Points, a peer-reviewed journal, is published in May and October by WLU, the Whole Language Umbrella, a conference of NCTE. Talking Points helps promote literacy research and the use of whole language instruction in classrooms. It provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, students, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. We invite submissions from professionals across the educational spectrum, including classroom teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and educational advocates/activists.

Manuscripts submitted should:  (1) be on a topic or issue related to holistic teaching and learning; or (2) present theory and/or research that contributes to the knowledge base for holistic, democratic, and inclusive education. Manuscripts should be no more than 15 pages in length (standard margins, double spaced) and, to ensure a blind review, contain no information identifying the author except on an attached cover sheet. Reference lists should follow APA guidelines.

To submit a manuscript, email it as a Word attachment to the editors, Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee, at Manuscripts are accepted at any time. If you do not receive confirmation within a few days that your manuscript was received, please resend it.

Upcoming Themes        

May 2017: The Use of Literature in Whole Language
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016

This issue continues to be nonthemed in nature as we call for manuscripts that look closely at contemporary whole language topics. We are particularly interested in the ways in which children’s and young adult literature is being explored in classrooms, but are open to various other relevant issues. This may include, but is not limited to, acceptance of diverse learners, meaningful pursuits for learning, context-based instruction, and engagement in real reading, writing, and learning.


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